My Idea Of Home Has Changed A Lot Since I Was Eight Essay
Professor Jennifer Royal
March 15 2015
Great Grandpa’s World
My notion of home has changed a lot since I was eight. but not so much because of my own home experiences. Rather, my concept of home has been shaped by my great grandparents’ interpretation of the American Dream.
Idealized by the immigrants who fled to the United States to escape oppressive governments or upset economies, the American Dream is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as, “The ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” The clear underlying idea behind this traditional dream is that hard work lends success. This success is often portrayed in television shows such as the 1950’s Leave it to Beaver, many times considered the baseline of the idyllic American family.
Today, the dream is increasingly associated with endless upward mobility, open access to education, and most importantly, owning a home. While the dream remains, the means of attaining it have modernized. As the modern era shifts towards one of instant gratification, the once strong work ethic associated with the dream has given way to more instant methods of “success.” American’s are so enthralled with the concept of getting rich that businesses have been created capitalizing on this urge. This is evidenced by the pervasiveness of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” style television game shows, jackpot state lotteries, and…